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Manufactuter Leviton to expand in Morganton; create 152 jobs

Leviton Manufacturing, which makes electrical wiring, lighitng controls, power cables and other electrical products, announced Monday that it is expanding its operations in Morganton and will create 152 jobs over the next three years.

The Melville, N.Y.-based company will invest $7.3 million in its facility in Morganton, about 60 miles east of Asheville.

Leviton is eligible to receive up to $1.1 million in state incentives if it meets hiring and investment goals.

The average annual wage for the new jobs will be $35,488, above the Burke County average of $31,304.

Leviton currently employs 531 people in North Carolina.

Dice in seventh entering Amateur's final round

First-day co-leader Kerri Dice of Chapel Hill shot a 79 in Wednesday's second round and slipped back to seventh place in the 63rd North Carolina Women's State Amateur Championship hosted by Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton.

Dice rolls to lead in N.C. Women's Amateur

East Chapel Hill alum Kerri Dice has earned a share of the lead in the first round of the CGA's 63rd North Carolina Women's State Amateur Championship at Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton. Carole Jones of Hillsborough leads the tournament's State Tee division.

Bearing manufacturer to add 231 jobs in Burke and Alexander counties

American Roller Bearing Industries, a Hickory-based manufacturer, plans to add 231 jobs at its facilities in Burke and Alexander counties over the next five years.

The company was awarded state incentives worth just over $2 million today if it meets hiring and investment goals. Burke and Alexander counties are also providing $800,000 in incentives.

ARB will spend $23.7 million expanding its existing facilities in Morganton and Hiddenite. The company currently employs 341 people in North Carolina.

The new jobs will pay average annual wages of $38,564. That's above both the Burke County average of $30,784, and the Alexander County average of $26,728.

Over 90 percent of the new jobs will be in Morganton, about 75 miles northwest of Charlotte. Both plants make anti-friction bearings used in a variety of different industries, including railroads, construction and mining.

Canadian bottling company expanding Morganton plant

A water bottling company is expanding its operations in Burke County and adding 12 jobs.
Ice River Springs is building an additional 100,000-square-foot warehouse at its facility in Morganton.

Ice River Springs is based in Feversham, Ontario. The Morganton plant, which opened in 2006, was the company's first in the U.S.

It has since added three more facilities in the U.S.

Ice River Springs received incentives from Burke County and Morganton.

No state incentives were involved, but that didn't prevent Gov. Bev Perdue from touting the project in a release today.
“It’s encouraging to see another North Carolina employer continuing to grow and hire new workers,” Perdue said.

“It’s a testament to our commitment to educating our workforce and the fact that North Carolina continues to be a great a location for additional investments by companies already here.”

Morganton recycler to create 98 jobs

State officials promised a Morganton company a $98,000 grant it it creates 98 jobs during the next two years.

VSA LLC plans to open a facility in Burke County that will recycle catalytic converters from auto engines. The company already has its headquarters and a pilot plant in Morganton, west of Hickory, and plans to expand into a larger facility as it ramps up operations.

The company buys used catalytic converters and then recycles them to extract platinum and other precious metals.

The new jobs will pay average annual wages of $30,186, Gov. Bev Perdue's office announced today. VSA needs to create and retain the jobs to receive the full state grant, which must be matched by local officials.

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